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SALTO Systems – Access Control

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SALTO has developed a wide range of innovative products such as the SALTO Virtual Network and XS4 access control platform, while their electronic escutcheons, wall readers and on-line and off-line control units now control security access for a growing range of end-users from Airports to Hospitals, Banks to Government Buildings and Universities to Hotels.

Toowoomba Locksmiths would like to introduce the new technology and way of access control.

SALTO Systems

With its headquarters in Spain, SALTO now has offices in 24 countries worldwide. SALTO access control solutions can be found in over 90 countries on more than 2 million doors.

Mechanical key management can be costly, insecure and a hassle. Upfront costs of replacing master keys, drilling out locks, plus indirect costs like maintenance can often add up depending on the age of the lock.

SALTO eliminates a lot of these issues as there is no hardware replacement when keys are lost. It can reduce maintenance costs by having better control of important information like battery status etc. An internal operator can quickly and easily implement the access plan updates on the system to ensure the safety of the building. There is no rush to organise a locksmith to attend to rekey the whole system if a fob is lost, simply delete user.

Access Control System

 SALTO provides the flexibility for an access control system to grow from a small number of doors and users to a large number of doors and users as required.

Security measures in universities and schools need to be vigorous and effective but inconspicuous. Parents need to trust educational institutions to look after their children, so it is vital that they provide effective 24/7 security and ensure both students and staff are safe and protected at all times.

This is especially true in a campus housing environment, where many of the students are living away from home for the first time. Building entrances, classrooms, lecture rooms, libraries, laboratories, staff rooms, sports centres, student housing and more can all be protected by smart access control that allows access to specific rooms or areas for selected periods only, with doors auto locking at prespecified times as necessary. And, if required, you can also incorporate special features that enable classrooms and facilities to be quickly locked down during a security or other emergency event.

Our Experience with SALTO

Last year Toowoomba Locksmiths installed a SALTO system onto two buildings for a local school, this gave them the possibilities of testing the system and then slowly upgrading the system onto other buildings and eventually the whole school. We have had nothing but praises from the school on how easy it is to use and the functionality of it all.  Staff members just carry a circle fob about the size of a 50-cent piece on their lanyards and it gives them easy access into multiple doors.  There is also the availability of swipe cards and in phone access.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

If you have any questions about SALTO, or would even like a demonstration or quote please don’t hesitate to call the friendly team at Toowoomba Locksmiths.  

What you didn’t know about locksmiths

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31.08.20

Becoming a locksmith requires extensive training and skill, and most people don’t even think about locksmiths until they require one.

When you hire a locksmith, you want to feel safe and trust the person who is assisting to gain entry into your house or vehicle and rekeying your locks. You can sometimes feel nervous putting trust into a stranger but locksmiths endure extensive training that not only just gives them knowledge but also scrutinize the apprentices for trustworthiness. 

What you didn’t know about locksmiths
What you didn’t know about locksmiths

To be a fully qualified locksmith you have had to complete a 4-year apprenticeship participating in theoretical and practical learning through Technical and Further Education (TAFE). During their apprenticeship locksmiths learn how to fit, pick locks and cut keys, they learn everything from electronic locking solutions, security access like alarms and security cameras as well as automotive locks, keys and safes.

Toowoomba Locksmiths

Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, all our locksmiths hold a security providers licence. To apply and hold a security licence you must undergo a criminal history check and must be fingerprinted by the Queensland Police Service. Locksmiths also work with the Police, Fire and Ambulance services. Locksmiths are often called to assist with welfare checks and assist with the opening door when criminal activity is suspected in a facility.

Locksmiths also have access to selected products that the general public may not have access to. It is always best to contact a locksmith if you are looking for a specific lock or would like some advice on locks. Locksmiths are security experts and can steer you in the right direction on what lock is best for your needs and which will have the best security and longevity.  

Our Services

Locksmiths not only work with locks and keys but also safes. In our Toowoomba Locksmith shop, we have plenty of safes on display, from brand new to old refurbished safes. We have access to different suppliers that stock a wide range of Gun Safes, Key Safes and Domestic and Commercial safes. Locksmiths are going to stock and supply the best quality safes, any generic safe from a hardware store may not be very secure compared to a safe locksmith have access to and supplies.

Locksmithing is also an ancient skill and profession, some say it may date back to the Egyptian era 4,000 years ago. The first locks and keys were made out of wood until the 1700’s when metal locks became the standard.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

Contacting a locksmith to assist with any lock fitting, key cutting and any security issues is the best path in making sure your house and belongings are secure. Contact the knowledgeable team at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

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We are your local locksmiths in Toowoomba, and have been operating for over 26 years. As a locally owned company, we pride ourselves in serving and protecting our local community. Our Toowoomba Locksmiths team is committed to ensuring the protection and security of businesses, schools and homes all around the region.

At Toowoomba Locksmith we offer a range of services to meet all your locksmithing needs. We supply commercial and residential locks as well as fit them. We can supply timber, glass and security door locks. As well as garage door locks and remotes, window locks and padlocks.

As your local locksmith in Toowoomba we also offer the service of restricted and Masterkey systems. These locks allow you to have security, as restricted keys are only allowed to be cut at a locksmith that holds the system ensuring copies of key can’t be made without permission.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

Safes are also our passion at Toowoomba Locksmiths, our safe techs have a keen interest in restoring & selling old and new safes. We have a wide range of old restored bank and personal safes as well as new fireproof, high security and gun safes available in store.

Locksmiths in Toowoomba

As a local locksmith in Toowoomba we also have multiple mobile locksmiths available to conduct work onsite, well-stocked vans with many different products as well as key cutting facilities we are sure to meet all your needs.

Contact or visit us today! Toowoomba Locksmiths is based at 6 Neil Street, located close to the CBD in Toowoomba. Just past Chalk Drive in a red building we are located central from all parts of the Darling Downs. You can also contact one of our dedicated staff by calling 07 4632 6060 or emailing us on info@toowoombalocksmiths.com.au

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Step N Pull – Contactless Door Opener

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Step N Pull Contactless door openers are the best way to reduce the spread and transmission of germs and diseases. With the Covid19 pandemic, these are the best way to ensure that you are safe from many of the germs that can be spread on door handles especially on bathroom and toilet doors.

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The Step N Pull is a contactless door opener that is secured to the bottom of a door and can be easily opened with your foot allowing you to keep germ free. Schools, shopping centres, and businesses are often high traffic areas, with a lot of surfaces being touched by customers, staff, and students. One of these high traffic areas is the bathroom and toilet door handles on swinging doors, the Step N Pull can limit the contact made to these areas and reduce the spread of germs.

To combat the spread of the germs, Toowoomba Locksmiths have recently started to supply a contactless door opener – The Step N Pull.

A lot of people will use some paper towel to pull the door open, a contactless door opener doesn’t just stop the spread of germs, but can also limit you carbon footprint but limiting the amount of paper towels used to open doors.

Locksmith in Toowoomba

The Step N Pull, is also easy to install and any handyman or maintenance person can install. However, the team at Toowoomba Locksmiths can also assist with the install. Secured to the bottom of non-latching timber or metal doors they are a great alternative to create a safer space. 

Step N Pull

It is also very easy to use! As you approach the door, position your body as though you were going to use the door handle, press down just enough to gain traction, and pull your foot and leg back as though you were taking a step. Simply step and pull!

Contact or visit us today! Toowoomba Locksmiths is based at 6 Neil Street, located close to the CBD in Toowoomba. Just past Chalk Drive in a red building we are located central from all parts of the Darling Downs. You can also contact one of our dedicated staff by calling 07 4632 6060 or emailing us on info@toowoombalocksmiths.com.au

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Is my sliding door lock secure?

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15.04.20

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Is my sliding door lock secure?

Sliding glass doors and French doors are a beautiful addition to any home. Most people love the natural light and views their sliding glass doors and French doors let in, but sometimes it’s those very views that make the doors unsafe. They offer a wide-ranging look into your home so anyone can see what you have and what might be worth taking. That is why it is vital you have secure and a good quality sliding door lock.

A sliding glass door lock often is just a small latch that hook onto a piece of metal in the door’s frame. These latches are generally operated by moving a small lever and are extremely easy to open. There are steps you can take to ensure the security on your aluminium sliding door locks are up to standard. Often enough a sliding door lock is just locked with a snib or small turn lever, you can in most cases install a new lock that is locked with a key this can provide some extra security on your sliding glass door lock.

Patio Bolt

Another option is to install a patio bolt, they are locks that can be attached at the top or bottom of the door. These key-operated locks have pins/bolts that slide into the floor or upper door frame and keep the door from sliding, even if the sliding glass door lock is damaged etc.

Screen Door

Aluminium sliding door

Aluminium sliding door locks can also be found on sliding screen doors. This is also an alternate option to ensure security on your home. A screen door adds an extra layer of security before your average sliding door lock on a glass door. 

It is always recommended to lock your sliding door locks with a key, this is an easy step that can taken to provide that little bit of extra security. Locking your doors with keys instead of just the snib or lever can eliminate people poking holes in your screens or opening your doors by reaching around some glass they may have broken. 

It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

Door locks|Broken locks

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Unfortunately, door locks weren’t made to last forever. Eventually, all door locks will break depending on the quality.

Door Lock

When a door lock breaks it could be crucial that you fix it as soon as you can. A broken door lock can compromise the security of a property as it isn’t functioning to its full capability.

You may need to replace a broken lock or sometimes you can just repair your lock. As locksmiths in Toowoomba, we carry a lot of spare parts for locks in our service vans and workshop. Or replacement locks where required. There are a lot of little moving parts inside a lock, occasionally there is just one simple broken part stopping it all from working together.

A common occurrence in a lot of older style homes, especially in Toowoomba where we have stunning Colonial and Queenslander homes, is building or house movement. The foundations of a house can often move and shift causing a door to not meet up with the striker plate on the frame of the door. Weather can also play a major part in house movement, colder months versus summer months there is always a slight adjustment in the ground. All these causes can give the user the impression that they have a broken lock but this may not be the case. This can be a simple fix where a locksmith can make an adjustment to the part that the lock actually locks into.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

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A factor of a broken door lock could also be that it is faulty. Sometimes there are faults in the manufacturing of the lock, there are a lot of moving parts that make a lock work. If one of those small parts isn’t doing it job correctly it can cause the whole lock to not work. Depending on the situation it could cost more for a locksmith to pull apart the lock and try fixing the broken lock.

Many people would worry that if their lock cannot be repaired, they will have to buy a new lock that might not match the rest of the doors on the house or business premises. There are plenty of options on the market that you will be able to source the exact same or very similar fitting lock. Toowoomba Locksmiths have a number of suppliers with all different products, the chance of not finding what you are after for a replacement lock is slim to none.

Matching New Lock

The new lock could also be changed so it can match a current key for your house. This just involves the lock being taken apart and the internals of the lock being rearranged, for example: the same key will operate both the front and back door. This eliminates having a different key for every door in your house, it is one universal key.

Why you should change locks on your house

Mobile Locksmith Toowoomba

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Are you busy and can't make it into a locksmith or do you have a number of jobs that need doing at home as well some key cutting or replacements.  We can do it all when come out to your home or business to cater for all your security needs.  We have 3 mobile locksmiths in the mobile locksmith Toowoomba division of our business and our everyday number is also our 24hour number so in any emergency situation ring our land number and one of our technicians will be there to help you out, anytime.

Whether it is emergency or everyday we can help you;

Broken into during the day; rest assured we can get there to change your locks fast, so your security is improved.

Lost your keys; we can cut new keys out on site or we have an accessible store front in Neil St.

Locked yourself outside; we can get you back inside without damagining your existing locks, fast.

Moved house?; need to replace your locks, we can do that the same day.

Our mobile locksmiths are professional, uniformed and skilled in all locksmith service requirements, we always do our best service first time, because we know how important feeling secure is.

Just Been Robbed? What To Do Next.

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What to do when you have just been robbed, here is what we advise our customers to do next.

Call the police and don’t move anything

Get out of the house just in case they are still inside, wait in the car and lock the doors if you are there on your own woman/man.

Police will check for signs of forced entry, finger prints etc...

Find out if any keys have been stolen e.g house keys, car keys, work keys etc…

Call a locksmith and organise them to change the locks as soon as it is possible but this does have to be done after the police have been, you can organise this while the police are at your house or even call the locksmith and let them know you are waiting for police to attend and will need someone straight after (also let the Locksmith know if any other keys have been stolen)

Ask your locksmith for security tips while he is on site (things such as a sticker in your window stating your house is protected by Toowoomba Locksmiths, the best type of lock to suit your door, CCTV cameras etc…)  Remember increased security measures lowers your chance of experiencing a break in, it does not guarantee it. Although increased security can give you peace of mind with; correctly positioned security cameras, engraved or documented evidence on and of your valuables = an increased chance of the crims being caught and convicted.  Security is a long game, but one that is winnable.

For insurance purposes; do a quick assessment of what is missing, keep the list somewhere you can easily access and add to it as you notice more in the coming days.

Remember all assets can be replaced, people can not.

Cutting Keys From Cylinder Numbers

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Cutting your keys from cylinder numbers are usually on the lock that is in your door, car etc., many lock manufacturers record the cutting depths and details to enable companies like us to reproduce keys without the need to replace locks.  In most cases the key number will be stamped on the front of the lock next to where the key enters, in some cases the number may also be stamped on the original key as well.

The next step we take is to make sure that each key has smooth edges after key cutting, the reasons are as follows;

1. Most commonly finishing the new copy to ensure when the key is used in the lock it does not leave any scores or imperfections on the leavers/detainers inside the lock, 2. If the levers or detainers were to get scored this could result in more than one lever/detainer lifting inside the lock in operation causing a potential lock out situation. 3.  The same applies to deburing cylinder type keys or any type of pin tumbler or wafer style lock as swarf (tiny fragments of metal) can get into the lock and cause issues with tolerances or reliability of that lock.

These are actions and practices a licensed locksmith would take as they have a great understanding of what goes on inside the lock once the key is entered.  That is why you should always have your keys cut at a professional locksmiths and not the hardware store as the extra measures we take to ensure you keys will not damage your lock will save you in the long term.

 While your with us, take just an extra 5 minutes to chat to us, we are full of handy tips that may increase your security measures where you need it.  Call Toowoomba Locksmiths today for any key cutting solutions or extra lock security you may require.

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The graph below gives you an idea of just how different keys can be.key number

Security Doors Toowoomba

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Security door screens are usually installed to offer that extra bit of security when you are home on your own or when someone comes to the front door.  But this doesn't deter break ins especially as opportunistic thieves rely on our complacency of leaving our keys in the door once we get home on the inside after we have locked the door.

There has been a spike of late in Brisbane and out lying areas creeping up to Toowoomba of people cutting through the screen doors to gain access, especially when the keys are left in the door.  Security doors can be fitted with a device that offers extra depth and protection around the key area.  When we attend break and enters that have either gained accessed via doors or windows, we offer upgrade advice for their situation.  One of the key deterrents for security screen breakins is by installing one of the security screen protector ‘ad a guard’ (see final image) which is a plastic sheeting, this extends the security if someone tries to cut the screen to reach in and open the handle, this is a common trick that is used.  This extra protection acts as a deterrent to this kind of crime.

A high number of victims (60 per cent) in the ABS research cited a door or window had been damaged or tampered with in attempted break-ins, so it pays to invest in strengthening these defences. A solid core door with a deadlock, for example, is harder to force, grilles and shutters prevent burglars from breaking in through windows, and a peep hole or lockable security screen can help keep burglars out.  Alliance; Tips to Secure a Home

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